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World Cup 2019: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed warns teams against Pakistan ahead of World Cup opener against West Indies

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has sent a massive warning to his World Cup rivals ahead of Friday’s opening World Cup fixture against West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Pakistan’s form since the Champions Trophy triumph has been dismal. They suffered whitewashes at the hands of New Zealand, Australia and recently lost 4-0 to England after the first game was washed out. They have lost their last ten ODIs as well as the warm-up game against Afghanistan and will have to be at their absolute best to get over the line against West Indies who are brimming with confidence.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed however believes that being unpredictable in the World Cup is a good thing as every team is scared of Pakistan.

“I think it’s good to be unpredictable. All teams are scared because of Pakistan. At the end of the day, the Pakistan team is very dangerous. So it’s good to be for the World Cup very unpredictable, so it will affect the whole outcome,” Sarfraz said.

“If you contain any teams, you have to take wickets. If you’re not taking wickets here, you’ve got to stop runs. Whether you play England, you play West Indies or Australia, you have to take [wickets] to stop any team,” Sarfraz added.

West Indies and Pakistan have met 130 times in the intermediate format of the international game with the former having won 70 and the latter 60 with three no-results. Jason Holder’s side have announced their intentions pretty loud smashing 421 runs in their second practice game against New Zealand after their first practice game against South Africa was washed out due to rain. Pakistan however are a team full of natural talent. Taking Pakistan lightly however would be the biggest mistake of any team at this point of time.

The Sarfraz Ahmed led side defied all odds to lift the 2017 Champions Trophy and are definitely capable of repeating those heroics again. The likes of Imam-ul-Haq (1238 at 61.90), Fakhar Zaman (1092 at 54.60) and Babar Azam (950 at 52.77) have been in stunning form. Their bowling lineup is also looks strong on paper although the bowlers haven’t quite looked as sharp in recent months. But with pitches in England set to be seamer-friendly, the likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and others could definitely create havoc.


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